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July 10, 2013
City wants ambulance to hold 700-pound patients
The Associated Press
ELGIN, Ill. — The Elgin City Council plans to consider upgrading an ambulance so it can transport patients who weigh up to 700 pounds.
Fire Chief John Fahy tells The Courier-News that patients weighing 500 pounds or more are becoming more common. The city council in this Chicago surburb will discuss the issue on Wednesday. It will cost about $32,000 to update an existing ambulance to handle heavier patients. The ambulance would have extra-wide interiors, modified stretchers and specialized lifting gear.
Elgin city officials say they expect fewer work-related injuries for the fire department if the council approves the purchase.